Shakespears Sister Nottingham 31 October 2019

Shakespears Sister, just like they'd never left
So yesterday I ventured to Nottingham for the first Shakespears Sister concert featuring both Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit in over 25 years. (I seem to make a habit of coming to the UK to see Siobhan in reunion concerts, don’t I?)

Here’s the setlist for the show:

  • Goodbye Cruel World
  • Heroine
  • Love’s A Dangerous Game
  • Dirty Mind
  • My 16th Apology
  • Heaven Is In Your Arms
  • The Trouble With Andre
  • Emotional Thing
  • C U Next Tuesday
  • Time To Say Goodbye
  • All The Queen’s Horses
  • What Would You Do?
  • Stay
  • Black Sky
  • Are We In Love Yet?
  • I Don’t Care
  • You’re History
  • Band intros
  • Catwoman
  • Hello (Turn Your Radio On)

The setlist leans heavily towards the band’s second (and best-known) album Hormonally Yours, featuring every track bar ‘Moonchild’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’. Every track from this year’s 5-track Ride Again EP also got an outing (largely in a mid-set block).

The debut album Sacred Heart got less attention, with just three tracks featured: ‘You’re History’, ‘Heroine’ and ‘Dirty Mind’ (the original arrangement, not the 1990 re-recording). I was a little surprised that ‘Run Silent’ didn’t feature.

No cover versions, no B-sides, and no unreleased tracks. But clearly the audience (myself included) was very happy with the overall selection!

It was a great gig. The band were in fine form, and Siobahn was in excellent voice and much more relaxed than when I saw her with the Nanas. (There’s a lot less choreography to remember!) She bounced all over the stage, while Marcy mostly hung with her microphone stand and guitar. But there wasn’t any of that barely-concealed-loathing in-it-for-the-money Spandau Ballet vibe I often complain about.

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